One can argue the world is going to hell in a hand basket, but there are times when I think it is worse. Take Apple’s recent problems with macOS High Sierra and iOS 11 security problems. Yet, it’s Apple that brings a degree of order to a fragmented technology world. I pity those who live their lives on Windows PCs, use Facebook, and travel with Android smartphones, all while being tracked to the point of being stalked without knowing what is happening or why.
These days it has become more difficult to tell real news from fake news because there is so much opinion and perspective on both, and that itself passes as news. What I want in life is something more secure, more definitive and definite, more trusting, less problematic– because life is complicated and even techno-gadgets that work well together don’t always.
In this fragmented, convoluted, complex world where up is down and left is right, I want something I can trust. What is it? Microsoft? Nope. Google and Android? Ha! Amazon? Puhleeze. Samsung? Too many of their leaders go to jail and the company lies and steels as if eating.
As much as Apple provides a higher degree of trust to customer, even our favorite Cupertino, CA techno-gadget company has a few public flaws. Everyone does. I just want them revealed quickly, fixed in a timely manner, and not show up again. For awhile. Is that too much to ask?
The macOS High Sierra security bug was a big one and could have caused many problems, less for home users, of course, but certainly in organizations with many Macs lying around in cubicle farms. Apple fixed it. Quickly. Almost.
This week was to be the week of Apple Pay Cash, coming in with iOS 11.2. A strange time and date and notification bug reared an ugly head early Saturday morning and Apple was forced to launched iOS 11.2 a few days early. Without Apple Pay Cash. Here we are. It’s mid-week. All is back to normal, right?
This week we are back to more traditional news about Android and an app that leaked personal data for 31-million users, news that the NFL wants to use Microsoft Surface tablets instead of iPads, and Google’s Android still running years behind iOS on upgrades and security updates, while Apple struggles to meet iPhone X demand.
This may not be the world God intended but it should be obvious there are winners and losers, sinners and saints, and while most of humanity pays little attention, I prefer to put my money down on a horse that will win, show, or place instead of becoming a component at the Elmer’s Glue factory.
Order in a fragmented world is what Apple seems to be about and it is difficult to deny the success– for those who recognize the value. Those who do not fall as endless prey to the Gods of Trackers and Stalkers, earth citizens who know not of how much their own personal information has been seized, sliced, diced, and Julienned for the gain of everyone else but themselves.
Yes, Apple has problems that bubble to the surface here and there. Paying back billions to Ireland can’t be fun for bean counters in Cupertino. For the rest of us, we need to maintain diligence and keep our devices on the corner of privacy and security, but at least Apple helps their customers instead of taking from their users.
Google, Facebook, Amazon, I’m looking at you.